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post #1 of 11
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If you're like me and you want to stay away from tubes and hifi receivers, you've got;

 

1). Lake People G109P (reviewed by innerfidelity today who said that it could drive "pretty much any headphone in existence")

2). Schiit Mjolnir (balanced, high end of 'cheap', offers the most power here, not out yet, so risky)

3). Violectric V200 (the very, very high end of 'cheap')

4). Burson Soloist (again, very, very high end of 'cheap', 6moons says it can drive the HE-6, head-fi'ers say it can't)

5). NJC Monitor II (British, very little knowledge/opinions of this amp, so risky)

6). Various Audio GD products (balanced, slightly dodgy reputation - and which one is the recommended buy?)

 

Are there any others I can add to the list?

 

Thanks in advance...

post #2 of 11

that power them to where? - DAP: Sansa Clip, iPod will power them to mid 80 dB SPL - enough for all day long background listening

post #3 of 11

Its too early too judge the soloist from what i think, give it a month and im sure head-fi'ers will get their hands on one to pair it with the HE-6. 

 

Btw, i heard of a trends amp that is able to power them but dont remember the model. tongue.gif

post #4 of 11
I just posted a review of the NJC gear with the HE6 if you're interested...smily_headphones1.gif
post #5 of 11
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Originally Posted by cactus_farmer View Post

If you're like me and you want to stay away from tubes and hifi receivers, you've got;

 

1). Lake People G109P (reviewed by innerfidelity today who said that it could drive "pretty much any headphone in existence")

2). Schiit Mjolnir (balanced, high end of 'cheap', offers the most power here, not out yet, so risky)

3). Violectric V200 (the very, very high end of 'cheap')

4). Burson Soloist (again, very, very high end of 'cheap', 6moons says it can drive the HE-6, head-fi'ers say it can't)

5). NJC Monitor II (British, very little knowledge/opinions of this amp, so risky)

6). Various Audio GD products (balanced, slightly dodgy reputation - and which one is the recommended buy?)

 

Are there any others I can add to the list?

 

Thanks in advance...

 

Really?

post #6 of 11
dodge the receivers at your loss. Speaker amps will give you better overall value to sound performance for the HE-6 than any headphone amp.
post #7 of 11

Schitt Lyr maybe? but i agree with HC that even expensive high powered headphone amps cant drive them as well as a nice speaker amp or integrated/reciever that you can find used for cheap

post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by Happy Camper View Post

dodge the receivers at your loss. Speaker amps will give you better overall value to sound performance for the HE-6 than any headphone amp.

 

there's plenty of anecdotal support for this! if you don't want to spend a lot of money this can be done on the cheap. a few of the tripath amps seem to do a better job than most can amps, eg. from virtue audio and trends audio. they're not very costly, they're compact and cool running., and seem to be very very good in this application!

you can also look into this amp, which is inexpensive (and even a better deal for another few days while it's on sale!) and you can get it with a trial period. ie if you don't like it send it back:  http://shop.emotiva.com/collections/amplifiers/products/a100

 

also check out speaker or integrated amps from parasound, rotel, nad, adcom etc.

do a search as there a bunch of threads that cover this extensively!


Edited by daveDerek - 7/27/12 at 1:51am
post #9 of 11

The guys at headfonia were happy with the Soloist/HE-6 performance, even comparing it to 2x expensive amps. 


Edited by Amorgan - 7/26/12 at 5:20pm
post #10 of 11

I'll chime in an agree. I won't buy anything from Audio-gd again after 2 bad experiences with them. Sorry China.

 

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Originally Posted by nigeljames View Post

 

Really?

post #11 of 11

For cheap I'll agree with daveDerek

 

http://shop.emotiva.com/collections/amplifiers/products/a100

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